Raja Casablanca ready to test Stars

11 January 2019 | Sports

Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca have arrived in Namibia and are ready to test African Stars resilience tomorrow at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

African Stars will be well-aware that they face a mammoth task, given the quality and history of the famous Moroccan team. The first leg of a two-leg Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup encounter is set to kick off 16:00. Stars are not just facing the defending champions, but have to contend with Raja Casablanca's track record of being among the top three club sides in Africa. They are only rated below two Egyptian sides, Zamalek and Al Ahly, on the continent. Founded on 20 March 1949 as part of the political struggle against French rule, by nationalists who aimed to create a focused working-class of young Moroccans, Raja Casablanca have enjoyed huge success.

They have won the CAF Champions League on three occasions - 1989, 1997 and 1999 - and have made 16 appearances in the competition.

They won the CAF Confederations Cup in 2003 and last year. The Moroccan team also finished as runners-up in the 2013 Fifa Club World Cup.

The team has 11 league titles and eight Moroccan Throne Cups under their belt.

Since their inception, Raja Casablanca have always had a reputation of being a team of artists playing enjoyable and entertaining football.

African Stars player Pat-Navin Uanivi, however, believes that African Stars will give their best tomorrow. “It will not be an easy game, but the boys are very excited and ready to take up the challenge. “We know about Casablanca and their style of play and we know what to do against them,” Uanivi said.

Tickets are on sale at Webtickets outlets situated inside Pick n Pay shops countrywide. They cost N$50 for general entrance and N$500 for VIP seats.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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